Philadelphia shooting totals climb in recent months; still behind previous years

Above: Hundreds of neighbors came together at a vigil to mourn 11-year-old Jamara Stevens, after she was killed in an accidental shooting inside her home last month in the Mantua section of West Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

At the Gun Crisis Reporting Project, we tracked 79 incidents which left 88 shooting victims in Philadelphia during April, 2014, based on original reporting, media reports, police officials and other sources. At least 19 people died on the same day they were wounded and 32 more were initially reported in critical condition. Nine double shootings were reported.

Six female victims were reported during the month, including a an 11-year-old girl who was killed in an accidental shooting. Two 11-year-old boys were also wounded in April, one critically, and 13 more teen victims were reported. The average age of all of the victims we could identify was 26 years old.

Two people were wounded police-involved shootings. No shooting victims were reported on April 30th, but at least one person was killed or wounded on every other day of the month.

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The total number of gunshot victims was up significantly from February and March, when we counted 62 each month. However, Philadelphia Police data indicate that April’s total still fell short of 94 victims reported in 2013 — and 106 victims one year earlier.

We have already counted 77 shooting victims to date this May in Philadelphia, including 21 during the first three days of the month, 12 last Tuesday alone — and seven more during the past weekend. In 2013, 119 people were shot during May, and 138 were shot in May of the previous year, according to phillypolice.com.

Our report excludes intentional self-inflicted shootings, and suspicious deaths and found bodies for which the cause of death was not immediately apparent.

Posted by Jim MacMillan.

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